Sexual harassment is an unfortunate reality in many workplaces throughout Los Angeles and the United States. It can take many forms, including unwelcome advances, suggestive comments, and unwanted physical contact. The effects of sexual harassment can be devastating for victims, leading to emotional distress, loss of income, and even the loss of a job. However, there are laws in place to protect employees from sexual harassment, and experienced attorneys can help victims fight back and seek justice.
There are numerous ways in which sexual harassment may occur and it is important for employees to understand the different types so they can recognize when they are being mistreated. The two main types of sexual harassment are quid pro quo and hostile work environment.
Quid pro quo harassment occurs when a supervisor or other person in authority offers a job benefit in exchange for sexual favors. For example, a supervisor might promise a promotion or raise in exchange for sexual activity or a date. Quid pro quo harassment can also occur when an employee is punished or threatened with punishment for refusing to engage in sexual activity.
Hostile work environment harassment occurs when an employee is subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, comments, or other behavior that makes the work environment hostile or offensive. This type of harassment can come from a supervisor, coworker, or even a non-employee such as a client or vendor. Examples of behavior that can contribute to a hostile work environment include sexual jokes or comments, unwanted touching or hugging, and displays of sexually explicit materials.
Retaliation occurs when an employer takes adverse action against an employee for reporting or opposing sexual harassment. Adverse actions can include demotion, termination, or other forms of negative treatment. Employees who have experienced retaliation for reporting sexual harassment may also have legal recourse under the law.
There are both federal and state laws that protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also prohibits sexual harassment, and provides additional protections beyond those provided by federal law.
Under these laws, employers have a duty to take steps to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in the workplace, such as implementing policies against harassment, providing training to employees and supervisors, and promptly investigating and addressing complaints of harassment. Employers can be held liable for sexual harassment committed by their employees or agents, even if they were not aware of the harassment.
If you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, there are several options available to you. First, you should report the harassment to your employer. Your employer is required by law to investigate your complaint and take appropriate action to address the harassment. If your employer fails to take action or if you are retaliated against for reporting the harassment, you may have a legal claim against your employer.
In addition, you may be able to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Civil Rights Department (formerly the Department of Fair Employment and Housing). These agencies can investigate your complaint and take action against your employer if they find evidence of harassment or discrimination.
Finally, you may also be able to file a lawsuit against your employer for sexual harassment. A lawsuit can help you seek damages for the harm you have suffered as a result of the harassment, including lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages.
If you have been sexually harassed in the workplace, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options under the law, and can provide guidance on the best course of action for your particular situation.
An attorney can also assist you in filing a complaint with the EEOC or California Civil Rights Department, and can represent you in any legal proceedings that arise from your complaint. If you decide to file a lawsuit, an attorney can help you gather evidence, prepare your case, and advocate on your behalf in court.
Perhaps most importantly, an attorney can provide guidance throughout the process of seeking justice for the harm you have suffered. Sexual harassment can be a traumatic experience, and having an attorney who understands the legal and emotional complexities of these cases can make a significant difference in your ability to heal and move forward.
The attorneys at Moore Ruddell have years of experience representing victims of sexual harassment in Los Angeles and throughout California. We offer free consultations to discuss your case and provide guidance on your legal options.
During your consultation, we will listen to your story and provide an assessment of the strength of your case. We will explain your legal rights and options, and answer any questions you may have about the process of seeking justice for sexual harassment.
If you choose to hire us to represent you, we will work tirelessly to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. We have a proven track record of success in sexual harassment cases, and will use our knowledge and experience to advocate for your rights and protect your interests.
If you are facing an employment law issue, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We are here to help you protect your rights and get the justice you deserve.